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Old October 21st, 2011, 03:07 AM   #121
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the new arena can now add lady antebellum to the list of concerts coming to the river city. they will be playing the ford center on february 26th. i know there is a lot of buzz about the caliber of concerts that are being announced: bob seger, reba, trans-siberian orchestra, and now lady antebellum.

http://www.cmt.com/news/country-musi...ur-dates.jhtml
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Old October 31st, 2011, 02:27 AM   #122
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here are a couple of photos from a preview put together by the courier and press (along with a link to see more). i'm going to the first hockey game at the new arena next weekend and looking forward to seeing it for real.

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Old October 31st, 2011, 06:15 PM   #123
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I was there for the Aces' Hoopsfest and it was a really nice stadium. They had the upper deck curtained off which made it seem small, and the hockey boards were still up, but overall a major major upgrade over Roberts Stadium.
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Old November 1st, 2011, 03:16 AM   #124
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I was there for the Aces' Hoopsfest and it was a really nice stadium. They had the upper deck curtained off which made it seem small, and the hockey boards were still up, but overall a major major upgrade over Roberts Stadium.
i was wondering how curtaining off the upper deck would look. i think they also plan to do that for hockey games, but i would actually like to see it all open. i think they expect to get anywhere from 3,000 to 6,000 for hockey games, but they don't really know because this is the first year for the new league and the new arena.
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Old November 4th, 2011, 06:28 AM   #125
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the courier is reporting that arena officials are expecting a near sell-out crowd for the opening icemen game on saturday. they sent out a reminder about access and parking. i already have my tickets in the lower section, but ticketmaster is now selling seats in the upper deck. even the owner didn't expect that. amazing.

http://www.courierpress.com/news/201...-parking-ford/

ps: cirque du soleil is also coming!
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Old November 6th, 2011, 03:17 PM   #126
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Reported attendance for the hockey game was 8000. Me and my friends were really shocked at how many people went to the game. Was a good one too.
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Old November 8th, 2011, 05:23 AM   #127
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Reported attendance for the hockey game was 8000. Me and my friends were really shocked at how many people went to the game. Was a good one too.
yeah, it was a lot of fun. they announced attendance at 8,722, but i think actual attendance was closer to about 8,000. we got up after the first quarter and wandered around the arena (a lot of other people did the same thing and went exploring the different levels).

there was a really fun vibe in air and you could tell people were genuinely impressed with the new arena. it was nice to see downtown come alive after dark. the casino hotels were sold out and downtown was filled with people. all in all, a very fun night!
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Old November 8th, 2011, 06:38 AM   #128
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here are a couple of shots from the game...

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Old November 10th, 2011, 09:07 PM   #129
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Very nice. Looks great. That'll really help bring some more good events to SW Indiana - and pull in folks from southern Illinois, Western Kentucky and other places out of town. It'll be good to see some photos of how it is set up for basketball games. I think Butler is playing Evansville there pretty soon, aren't they?
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Old November 11th, 2011, 01:55 AM   #130
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I went here last night for the bob segar concert. Very nice venue but way too tight along the outside for the walking areas. The whole stadium in general was not very ergonomically designed to deal with a packed house in my opinion with people moving in and out of the stadium and their seats. Overall a very nice addition to the downtown area of Evansville but more thought into the moving of people around the stadium should have been put into the design of the building.
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Old November 11th, 2011, 06:52 AM   #131
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I went here last night for the bob segar concert. Very nice venue but way too tight along the outside for the walking areas. The whole stadium in general was not very ergonomically designed to deal with a packed house in my opinion with people moving in and out of the stadium and their seats. Overall a very nice addition to the downtown area of Evansville but more thought into the moving of people around the stadium should have been put into the design of the building.
the concourse levels are actually really wide, but i noticed it was hard to walk around certain areas. i think it has more to do with the concession areas, beer stations, and souvenir stands. they shouldn't allow beer stands or souvenir stands near the concession areas because of the lines that form there. also, once the workers get more experience they will hopefully move the lines a bit faster. it was frustrating trying to squeeze through that area.

ps: don't buy those 'bottoms up' budweiser light cubs! i saw two of them break on these guys and they got all wet and wasted their beer. also ran into another guy in the bathroom who was trying to clean one up that spilled on him.
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Old November 15th, 2011, 06:48 AM   #132
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here are some articles from evansville living about the new arena with some nice photos:

the ford center:
http://www.evansvilleliving.com/arti...he-ford-center

out with the old:
http://www.evansvilleliving.com/arti...t-with-the-old

by the numbers:
http://www.evansvilleliving.com/arti...by-the-numbers

where to eat:
http://www.evansvilleliving.com/arti...ere-to-eat-now
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